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Charlie Hebdo may be bigoted, but it has a right to be so


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Charlie Hebdo may be bigoted, but it has a right to be so
By Zan Azlee

So who is to say that the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo is not guilty for being intentionally anti-Islam and provoking towards the Muslim community?

Although they satirise all major religions, it seems that the one that they give utmost focus on is Islam knowing full well that Muslims are the strictest when it comes to depicting the prophets.

When is the line crossed when humourous satire becomes hate-speech? Is humour and satire really meant to be offensive and hurtful and not laughed off?

So if Charlie Hebdo has been making fun of Islam all this while as evidence from all the cartoons they have published, then I guess they are racist, bigots and xenophobes.

As much as I can’t say I deny all of this and that I agree with whatever message they are trying to get across, I also can’t say that I am against how they are transmitting that message. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Barely a roof over their heads


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Barely a roof over their heads
By Zan Azlee

In Wangsa Maju, a township in our city of Kuala Lumpur, there is a beautiful residential area filled with large villa-like bungalows and sidewalks that are lined with colourful flowers. A quick check online for the market price of one of these units reveals that the average price for a unit is around RM3 million.

It seems that Malaysians, and KL-ites, would have a decent quality of life in this day and age.

If you walk just 10 metres down from the entrance of this residential area, you will come to a small bush area. Walk in about 50 metres and you will come to a small clearing with a shack in the middle. You will find a smiling elderly man about mid-70s of age dressed shabbily (you would have to get through two barking dogs first!). [Click to read the full article and view the photos at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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So you want to sell things online?


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So you want to sell things online?
By Zan Azlee

Ever felt like you could be a businessman online just because you’ve seen so many people doing it? There are those selling tudungs, handicrafts, clothes, cars, antiques, you just name it without having a brick and mortar store.

People are selling things right, left and centre on the Internet that it wouldn’t be impossible not to think you could do it too. And honestly, its true. Just like everyone else, you really can do it without much thought. It doesn’t matter if you are planning to go large scale like a big online store or even if you want to something on the side, like selling personal collectibles as a hobby and to make a little bit of pocket money. It can be done easy and cheaply.

I, myself, sell my DVDs and books online on my website and although I don’t have the sales figures of Amazon, I’m pretty happy with the numbers I’m moving of my own products. So I thoughy I’d share some of my practices.

Of course scale is everything and you would have to adapt your operations with how big you want to be. But what I am offering here is the basics of what can be done these days because of the technology around us. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 31) – Rain rain go away


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 31) – Rain rain go away

Aizyl just got back from Kelantan where they had just experienced the worst flood in the state’s history. Bailing on Zan for last week’s episode, he returns bearing tales of how bad the situation actually is over there.

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

Let’s band together against the extremists in 2015


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Let’s band together against the extremists in 2015
By Zan Azlee

Another new year has arrived and we are now in 2015. I have never declared or committed myself to any new year resolution because I think it’s all crap. You change when you want to change.

But this time, I’m going to commit to a resolution. It is simple. I will continue to use every platform that I have to promote moderation, open-mindedness, multiculturalism and religious pluralism.

I have done it for years and will continue doing it with even stronger force this year because 2014, to me, was the year of overbearing racial and religious extremism.

Groups like Isma and Perkasa, and individuals like Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, have been so loud throughout last year that my ears are still aching and ringing into the new year. They definitely do not speak for me.
And I’m very sure that this feeling is shared by so many of my fellow sane, rational and logical Malaysians out there. We should all band together and do something about these annoying extremists.

Since we all believe that these people who go on and on about preserving a specific racial and religious supremacy are the loud minority, then why are we allowing them to be so loud?

If they are such a small group (Perkasa is reported to only have 900 odd official members), why are we allowing them to shout so loud without any repurcussions?

If we are the silent majority, then we need not be too worried about showing our strength in numbers and not be silent anymore. What can they do to a whole huge bunch of us, right? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]